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12-28-2010 04:49 PM
oktx Thought I would go ahead and wrap up since the garden is all but done now.

What is still growing: spinach, lettuces, turnips, onions, garlic and some herbs (lavender, oregano, mint, and feverfew).

Over the winter we plan to expand by one bed, build a small green house to start seedlings, and work on some erosion issues we are having in the yard.

In the spring, we are really looking forward to the asparagus that we've been watching all year pop up. Also we are really looking forward to the onions and garlic that we have left over the winter. The plan now is to put at least 2 apricot trees in the front yard. Hope that we can get the stumps of the dead and removed pine trees out.

Anyway... I'll be working over my seeds and new spring bed layout soon. For now, hope everyone is staying warm and enjoying this special time of the year to reflect and plan.

I honestly can't say which season I love more. After two years of "serious" gardening, I have to say that I love them all. Each has its own charms, feel and purpose. Can't understand why I never got more into gardening before but thankful for this hobby that can help me feed myself and my husband, plus give me a bit of peace and tranquility.
08-02-2010 04:35 PM
oktx
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Originally Posted by shawn View Post
What is the purple veggie eggplant?
Yep, it's an eggplant. It's a variety that doesn't grow very large.

Most of the tomatoes are done for the season so I'm sort of in a holding pattern for about 2 weeks until it's time to start the fall garden stuff. Planning to put in some Kale, Collard greens, arugula, cress, turnips, beets, beans and peas. Not all at once, of course.
08-01-2010 08:27 PM
shawn
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Originally Posted by oktx View Post
Pic of today's harvest:
What is the purple veggie eggplant?
07-23-2010 09:30 AM
survivalistmomma It is just the tomato swelling from rain, so fast that it slits the skin faster than the skin cells can grow.

There is a blight that cause the skin to be tough and more likely to split. If your plant looks healthy than it isn't a blight.

So... if your plant is healthy and full of leaves... it is just from a sudden supply of water.

Mulching helps some, but it is not full proof. The idea there is, the constant moisture keeps the skin growing and not becoming leathery.

Some times you will find insects, but that is because the insect found a nice crack to live in. He didn't cause the cracks. The cracks can heal over, (scab,) but sometimes the cracks get infected and rot.
07-22-2010 04:05 PM
oktx
7-22-2010

What caused this split-top tomato phenomenon?


When I cut into the tomatoes, they look fine on the inside. No insects that I could see.
07-13-2010 09:36 PM
oktx I was turning the compost a bit and noticed that the earthworms are huuuuuge. I mean... huge... like... fat as a sharpie marker and long as a pencil. I have never seen earthworms that big before. They must really love my compost.
07-10-2010 10:43 PM
oktx Gave the non-producing tomatoes a very severe pruning. Good news is that I am seeing lots more baby tomatoes appearing now. It's starting to do more than give me dirty looks, anyway.
06-30-2010 11:42 AM
oktx
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Originally Posted by jlopere View Post
Gotta love the Mtn Dew can pots!
In hindsight, the food cans were a much better choice as they made transplanting so much easier than the Mtn Dew cans. I had to use a pair of tinsnips with the pop cans and even then, the plants did not come out easily.
06-30-2010 11:40 AM
oktx
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Originally Posted by Urban Homesteader View Post
Nice variety! And I must say you are exceptionally good at polishing veggies, those things are gleaming :D
Heh... it's just water from just washing them. Thanks, though.
06-30-2010 11:12 AM
jlopere Those upside down tomatoes did nothing for us too. Did anyone have success with those things. We went into terra firma this year.
06-30-2010 11:11 AM
jlopere Gotta love the Mtn Dew can pots!
06-30-2010 10:01 AM
Urban Homesteader Nice variety! And I must say you are exceptionally good at polishing veggies, those things are gleaming :D
06-30-2010 09:48 AM
Blaik
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Originally Posted by oktx View Post
Pic of today's harvest:
Looks great!
06-29-2010 09:58 PM
oktx Pic of today's harvest:
06-28-2010 11:06 PM
oktx
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Originally Posted by survivalistmomma View Post
Warning: It sounds like a cut worm. He'll be back for more. Find the bugger and kill him. They curl up just below the surface around the base of your plant and then come out at night a chomp the head of your seedling. He'll get one at at time. (Unless you have more than one worm.)

There are various tricks you can use to foil them if you cant find them. Just take your finger top and gently dig around the base of you plant. You don't need to look deep. he will be within a couple inches of a stem, probably the one he cut or one next to it.

I suggest you Google "cut worm" to see a picture and get some collar or barrier ideas if you don't find him. He cant eat much at one time, but he will drive you crazy taking the tops off. Sometimes they will shear of a tomato transplant and just let the top lay there. grrrr.
Can't be a cutworm. I used fresh potting soil and sterilized mulch in the Rubbermaid container. It was probably a squirrel. It's up on the upper deck so there isn't even any way a cutworm could have gotten there except a bird carrying it. The other two appeared fine today so I've left them alone for today. I'll probably go put a collar on them in the morning though.
06-28-2010 02:16 PM
survivalistmomma
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Originally Posted by oktx View Post
Whatever did chop the head off left it so it must not have tasted good.
Warning: It sounds like a cut worm. He'll be back for more. Find the bugger and kill him. They curl up just below the surface around the base of your plant and then come out at night a chomp the head of your seedling. He'll get one at at time. (Unless you have more than one worm.)

There are various tricks you can use to foil them if you cant find them. Just take your finger top and gently dig around the base of you plant. You don't need to look deep. he will be within a couple inches of a stem, probably the one he cut or one next to it.

I suggest you Google "cut worm" to see a picture and get some collar or barrier ideas if you don't find him. He cant eat much at one time, but he will drive you crazy taking the tops off. Sometimes they will shear of a tomato transplant and just let the top lay there. grrrr.
06-27-2010 11:48 PM
oktx
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Originally Posted by shawn View Post
I know it not the most productive method but trying to do everything by seed. I might pick up a pack of squash seeds tomorrow and plant a few and see what happens.
Well, mine was already germinated as of today. Same with the beans I planted. Some already have 4 leaves. Go figure. The zucchini I planted looks like a bird or squirrel got hold of one and chopped its little head off but the other two looked fine. Whatever did chop the head off left it so it must not have tasted good.
06-25-2010 09:03 PM
shawn I know it not the most productive method but trying to do everything by seed. I might pick up a pack of squash seeds tomorrow and plant a few and see what happens.
06-25-2010 08:58 PM
oktx
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Originally Posted by shawn View Post
Please let us know how the squash does planted this late.
Most summer squash such as the yellow variety I planted mature in 45-50 days so there is ample time to get another crop in before any type of cold. By the way, if you don't want to mess with seeds, Lowes still has LOTS of squash, cucumber, pepper and tomato plants available last time I was there a few days ago.
06-25-2010 08:34 PM
shawn Please let us know how the squash does planted this late.
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